(*) Official parcel of James River Park
Bosher’s Dam – A short paddle up river from Huguenot Flatwater and is a scenic, peaceful and pleasant spot to enjoy the James. The 10-acres around the dam are City of Richmond property by are not officially part of the James River Park System.
*Huguenot Flatwater – The usually calm waters are good for paddling up and down river, fishing, innertubing and swimming. There are seldom rocks to sit on, except at the lowest water levels. Parking lot has 35 spaces.
*Riverside Meadow – A 2-acre plot along scenic Riverside Drive just west of Pony Pasture Rapids Park. Has a walking trail and good views of the river, Williams Island and Z-Dam.
Williams Island – Uninhabited 100-acre Williams Island is across the river from Pony Pasture and can be reached by paddling, swimming or rock-hopping. Not officially part of the JRPS.
*Pony Pasture Rapids Park – Features include multiple small rapids and plenty of big rocks. Swimming, snorkling and sunbathing area. Access for Class II whitewater paddling and fishing. Parking lot holds 100 cars.
*The Wetlands – Quiet natural park located immediately downstream of Pony Pasture. Features walking trails, wildlife blinds and birdwatching. Parking for up to seven cars on the street at the entrance.
*Pump House Park – Walking trails and views of the lock system and the old Pump House, built in 1890 in the Victorian Gothic style. Currently, no river access. Located in the Byrd Park District, west of the Boulevard Bridge on the Kanawha Canal. Has some views of the beautiful arching Atlantic Coast Beltline Bridge.
*North Bank Park – Also known as Texas Beach. Long trail leads to many isolated sandy beach areas and sunbathing rocks. This area has crude trails and only limited maintenance. Parking lot has 30 spaces.
*Main Area West – Small trailhead on the southbank with rustic path with access to the James River shorelines between the Powhite Parkway and Boulevard bridges. Be careful when crossing the train tracks.
*Main Area (42nd Street, Reedy Creek) – Three entrances off Riverside Drive. The 42nd Street entrance has parking for 30 cars, though it is often blocked. There is a trail along a river channel and river access over several small islands. The park system’s headquarters is located at the nearby Reedy Creek takeout with parking for 15-20 cars. The 22nd Street parking lot has spaces for about 45 cars, but is often closed. There is a mountain bike trail that links the Riverbed Trail to the Buttermilk Trail.
*Belle Isle – A pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar Street on the North shore or alternate access is by rocks from the 22nd Street entrance. Parking tends to be crowded at Tredegar Street on weekends — there are less than 50 spaces. Large flat rocks surrounding the island make for good sunbathing, but the water is rough around the rapids and not suitable for swimming. Children should be supervised. Additional features include wooded trails, interpreted historical sites, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond and a granite wall for rock climbing.
*Tredegar Street Takeout – A pleasant walkway, beach and small parking area and takeout for paddlers, adjacent to Brown’s Island.
Brown’s Island – Brown’s Island is one of the most essential outdoor event locations in the city. The vistas from Brown’s Island of the downtown skyline, the James River, CSX train viaduct and the many other man-made structures makes this a great place to unwind.
*Manchester Climbing Wall – The 60-foot granite wall is a remnant of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge. The routes offered at Manchester Wall and several other stone piers are popular with recreational and experienced climbers.
*Pipeline Rapids Walkway – Class III rapids and wild nature scenes on a walkway under the CSX viaduct in downtown Richmond. Views of the Great Blue Heron rookery in spring and summer. Access from 12th and Byrd Streets. Parking for 10 cars.
*14th Street Takeout – Located is inside the floodwall on the north bank of the river east of the 14th Street (Mayo) Bridge. It was created in 2005 and was created mostly by volunteer work.
*Great Shiplock Park – One of the quieter places to watch the tidal James River. Located at Dock and Pear streets in Shockoe Bottom. It has a historic working canal lock, trails, fishing access and many great views of the river and downtown. Parking lot has 15 spaces.
*Floodwall Walk (Diversity Park) – The Floodwall parking area is at 14th Street on the southside. Walk the eastern portion by walking under the Mayo Bridge and the western portion from the parking lot. Both offer great views of the downtown Richmond skyline.
*Ancarrow’s Landing Boat Ramp – Large ramp for motor boats, only boat access in park system. Access for historic Richmond Slave Trail and *Manchester Dock. Popular fishing area. Wooded trail connects to Floodwall Walk. Large parking area accommodates 100 cars and trailers.